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Middlehurst leads National FF1600 field home in wet Oulton race

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Steve Whitfield

Chris Middlehurst triumphed in the final BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 race of the weekend at Oulton Park, with soaking conditions causing chaos.

The top eight positions from race two were reversed in forming the grid, with Jack Wolfenden leading away but fellow front-row starter Andre Lafond retired on the opening lap.

Middlehurst moved up to second ahead of Carter Williams, while Max Esterson made a great start to move up from seventh to fourth.

Joey Foster made even better progress after starting 16th to move into eighth, and soon dispatched championship leader Alex Walker for seventh.

Foster continued to gain places, passing Jamie Sharp (B-M Racing) and Thomas Mills (Kevin Mills Racing) before taking fourth from Esterson before the safety car was deployed.

Sharp and Mills collided at Cascades, spinning both down the order, while Doug Crosbie crashed his Van Diemen into the barriers, but emerged unscathed.

Middlehurst snatched the lead at the restart late on before pulling away to win, while Rory Smith made up seven places in two laps to take second, having started the race in 19th.

Smith’s late progress was helped by several drivers sliding off the road at Cascades, including Wolfenden, Foster and Williams. 

Alex Walker profited to take third for KMR ahead of title rival Esterson, while Mills recovered from his earlier incident to take fifth.

Megan Gilkes (KMR) came from 20th on the grid to take sixth, while FF1600 returnee Logan Hannah also made great progress late on to take seventh for Graham Brunton Racing.

Williams finished eighth ahead of Hannah’s team-mate Derek Palmer Jnr and Team Dolan’s Morgan Quinn.

Race results (9 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Chris Middlehurst Team Dolan 21m30.433s
2 Rory Smith B-M Racing +2.866s
3 Alex Walker Kevin Mills Racing +4.606s
4 Max Esterson Low Dempsey Racing +6.408s
5 Thomas Mills Kevin Mills Racing +9.264s
6 Megan Gilkes Kevin Mills Racing +9.535s
7 Logan Hannah Graham Brunton Racing +15.281s
8 Carter Williams Oldfield Motorsport +17.772s
9 Derek Palmer Jr Graham Brunton Racing +20.722s
10 Morgan Quinn Team Dolan +20.997s
11 Darwin Smith +25.317s
12 Joey Foster Don Hardman Racing +30.578s
13 Michael Gray Graham Brunton Racing +30.763s
14 Lucas Romanek Oldfield Motorsport +31.615s
15 Leanne McShane Souley Motorsport +51.443s
Ret Jamie Sharp B-M Racing
Ret Jack Wolfenden Souley Motorsport
Ret Ben Cochran Team Dolan
Ret Doug Crosbie
Ret Andre Lafond Kevin Mills Racing
DNS Chris Hodgen Souley Motorsport
DNS John Svensson John’s Racing Team
DNS Colin Queen Low Dempsey Racing
Fastest lap: Walker, 2m06.780s

Championship standings
1 Walker 434   2 Esterson 417   3 Middlehurst 376   4 Sharp 329   5 R Smith 278   6 Mills 258   7 Romanek 224   8 Queen 175   9 Gilkes 170   10 Williams 164